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October 2014 until September 2020 Peter Mohr was head of the research group Neuroeconomics, jointly funded by the WZB and Freie Universität Berlin. The group aimed to gain a better understanding of the basic mechanisms of economic decision-making and to identify factors that might influence this process. The researchers combined various methods, including behavioral experiments and behavioral modeling, with imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging or eye tracking. The research agenda included projects on the neural processing of economic risk, on attention effects with decision-making under risk, and on the influence of complexity on the way individuals choose decision-making strategies over the life course.


Morawetz, C., Mohr, P.N.C., Heekeren, H.R., and Bode, S. (2019). The Effect of Emotion Regulation on Risk-Taking and decision-related Activity in Prefrontal Cortex, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 14(10), 1109-1118.

Mohr, P.N.C., Heekeren, H.R., Rieskamp, J. (2017). Attraction Effect Can Be Explained by Subjective Distance Between Choice Alternatives, Scientific Reports, 7: 8942.

Majer, P., Mohr, P.N.C., Heekeren, H.R., Härdle, W.K. (2015). Portfolio Decisions and Brain Reactions via the CEAD method, PsychometrikaFebruary 2015, 1-23.

Riedl, R., Mohr, P.N.C., Kenning, P.H., Davis, F.D., and Heekeren, H.R. (2014). Trusting Humans and Avatars: A Brain Imaging Study based on Evolution Theory, Journal of Management Information Systems Special Issue “Neuroeconomics and Information Systems Research“.

Schulreich, S., Heussen, Y.G., Gerhardt, H., Mohr, P.N.C., Binkofski, F.C. Koelsch, S., and Heekeren, H.R. (2014). Music-evoked incidental happiness modulates probability weighting during risky lottery choices, Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience.